Tips for a perfect sun care in summer
After the cold days of winter, when we have to make do with limited daylight hours, we love to get out in the sun! However, it’s important to protect ourselves from harmful ultraviolet rays, so let’s examine some useful tips for sun care.
The best defence is a sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SDF), which should be applied thirty minutes before you venture out. Choose a waterproof version, and go for as high an SDF number as possible – Biotherm has a citrus-flavoured soft milk with an SDF of 50.
Long-established sun care specialist Piz Buin was one of the first to adopt the SDF system in the 1960s. Today, its extensive output includes Piz Buin Allergy lotion, which creates a shield for those with sensitive skins.
As the years pass, it becomes harder to tolerate heat, and mature skin can suffer. Lancaster’s Sun Control range comes with UVA, UVB and infra-red protection. In addition, this line by Lancaster inhibits the increase of dark spots, wrinkles, and redness that can be caused by sunbathing, while also allowing for DNA protection and repair.
Even out of sunlight, a heatwave can play havoc with complexions. Drinking plenty of liquids will keep you hydrated, and will stop your skin from drying out. Using a water based moisturiser with Vitamin E will help, too.
After-sun products will revitalise and re-hydrate your face and body to restore its natural balance. They usually contain Vitamin E, to guard against the premature ageing of the skin that could be caused by too much time in the open air.
Don’t be a mad dog or an Englishman – in other words, take the advice of Noël Coward’s song, and don’t go out in the midday sun. If you can’t avoid it, wear a hat, and like Dracula, embrace the shadows. Sunglasses will take care of the sensitive area around your eyes, and will also offer protection to your vision itself, which could suffer long term damage in this situation.
Of course, a certain amount of sunshine is good for us! It boosts our Vitamin D levels, and can bring on that all important feel-good factor. Just use some common sense, and you won’t have to hide away this summer.